Walking the South Downs Way: England's Pleasant Pastures with Alan Montgomery

Walking the South Downs Way: England's Pleasant Pastures with Alan Montgomery


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The South Downs Way is a 100-mile long walk across some of England’s most picturesque countryside. Running from the ancient city of Winchester in the west to the Victorian seaside resort of Eastbourne in the east, it follows the South Downs, a ridge of high chalk hills that stretch across the southeast of England. Join a historian on this interactive journey, escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world, and experience some of the UK’s most stunning natural landscapes and fascinating history.

The route of the South Downs Way leads us past ancient forts and burial mounds, above a mysterious chalk hill figure, and by majestic medieval castles and sumptuous stately homes. Famous for their windswept beauty, the Downs have inspired many artists and authors – William Blake celebrated ‘England’s pleasant pastures’ and ‘mountains green’ in his song Jerusalem while living on the Downs, and Charleston Farm, home to the bohemian Bloomsbury Group, can also be visited along the way. We’ll how the path weaves through pretty villages and past historic churches, but also across exposed hilltops that offer expansive views across the south of England. It finishes by the famous white cliffs known as the Seven Sisters, one of the most iconic stretches of the UK’s coastline.

Led by a historian with a love of walking who has made the journey several times, this interactive seminar will lead us along the route of the South Downs Way from west to east and feature many of the most interesting sites along its length. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an insight into the fascinating history, geography, flora and fauna of this magical corner of England.

Alan Montgomery was born and raised in Scotland but has spent most of his adult life in London. Having achieved an MA in Art History at Glasgow University, he worked for many years in the art world at both an international auction house and an antique dealer. In recent years he has returned to academia, achieving an MA in Classical Civilisation in 2011, and has recently completed a Ph.D. in which he analyzed eighteenth-century attitudes towards the ancient Roman world. In addition to his work for Context Travel, Alan also writes catalog essays on Contemporary Art for a leading auctioneer. Elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2017, he has just started work on a book inspired by his Ph.D. research, which will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2020.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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